Fast and Easy Ways of Travelling to Saint Petersburg, Russia


With numerous museums, palaces, parks, cathedrals and historic buildings, St. Petersburg is a great place for cultural holidays. With new modes of transportation, including sea ferries and high-speed trains, the journey to the city has become easier and faster.

In April 2010, a ferry connection between Helsinki and St. Petersburg was opened. A comfortable car ferry cruises overnight between cities 2 to 3 times a week. As an ice class ship, it runs all year round.

The ferry offers cottages of different cabins for 2 to 4 people. All cottages have a private toilet and shower. One class and deluxe cabin are outside windows, and the economy E and B class cabins are inside. The ferry has several restaurants and bars, duty free shops, casinos, saunas and kids clubs.

Travel costs are roughly the same as for land transport, but one of the great advantages of taking a ferry trip is that it allows a visa-free stay in Russia for up to 72 hours. This means taking a ferry ride in Helsinki on Thursday, a weekend visa-free tour of St. Petersburg from Friday to Sunday, and a return to Helsinki on Monday morning. Accommodation is arranged in a hotel in the city centre.

In December 2010, a new high-speed "Allegro" train was launched between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. With a speed of up to 220 kilometers per hour and a journey time of about 3.5 hours, the train journey "Allegro" is much faster than before. Customization and border inspections on the train. The train offers two levels of seating, first and second classes, dining car, disabled passenger space and a children's playroom. There are currently 4 trains between Helsinki and St. Petersburg, including early morning and evening. It provides more day time for short trips in St. Petersburg.

For those who want to travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg, up to 7 high-speed "Sapsan" trains can be used every day. The train journey between the Russian capital and St. Petersburg on "Sapsan" takes approximately 3.5 to 4 hours. The train has space for first and second class seat cars, coffee carts and disabled passengers.

Many airlines serve the St. Petersburg International Airport and connect the city to Germany, Finland, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, the United States and other countries.